St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute

Our contract is online!

Find it under the Contract & Documents tab.

Please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer with questions at dbessmer@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112

WSNA nurse representative change

Dear WSNA nurses,

WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN will be the WSNA/St. Luke's Representative beginning Nov. 1. Debi comes with experience and years of practice. We know you will all welcome her and together, you will continue to make positive changes for St. Luke's nurses!

I look forward to continuing the unity at other WSNA facilities, and I stand with you in solidarity – always.

Debi can be reached at dbessmer@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112.

Go team,

Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep

Your contract has been ratified by YOU, the bargaining unit!

Congratulations to all! Gains were made in wages, layoff, the Staffing Committee and many more. WSNA wants to give a big shout out to the dedicated WSNA negotiating team of nurses: Linda Spurgeon, RN, Fran Castillo, RN and Jonelle Polley, RN.

A contract summary can be found at under the Contracts & Documents tab or here.

We will keep you up to date on when the final contract document is ready for download.

In solidarity,

Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3118

It is time to vote!

Make your voice heard by voting on the new contract! Read the contract summary now.

WSNA is recommending a “yes” vote. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

When: Oct. 19, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Room 2024

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

We have a tentative agreement!

Day #10 of negotiations is complete and we are happy to report we have a tentative agreement! Your negotiating team worked hard in having many effective discussions with management. We are very pleased with the agreement and look forward to sharing them with you in greater detail.

It’s time to vote your proposed tentative agreement!

WSNA is recommending a “yes” vote. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

When: Oct. 19, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Room 2024

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

Negotiations update

Day 8 is complete. Your WSNA negotiating team and management both worked hard this session to continue prioritizing and working on proposals. We made great progress this day. We continue to have discussions involving wages, the layoff language and staffing.

Our next day to bargain is Sept 18. We are hopeful our next session will be equally as successful.

Stay tuned for the next update to follow bargaining.

In Unity!

Your negotiation team: Fran Castillo, Linda Spurgeon and Jonelle Polley

News alert: WSNA has been busy in Spokane!

Quote of the quarter

​“To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.”
– Samuel Gompers, "The Worker and the Eight-hour Workday," American Federationist: Official Magazine of the American Federation of Labor
In this issue:
  1. Officer of the Quarter
  2. Spokane Leadership Summit
  3. Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane you are a member of the Spokane Alliance?
  4. Negotiation updates
  5. We are on Facebook! Upcoming events

Officer of the Quarter: Stevie Krone, RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Local Unit Co-Chair


“My name is Stevie Lynne Krone. I am a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the current WSNA Co-Chair representing the nurses in the SHMC/WSNA bargaining unit. I have been a member of WSNA for over five years and have been an energetic participant in my local unit activities including pickets, walks and petitions. I am now serving my first term in office as we head into contract negotiations for 2018, utilizing both voice and action from my experience working alongside a powerful and strong brigade of nurses. I have practiced on nearly all the units of my hospital as a Float Pool nurse and now I can dedicate more time in supporting my occupational brothers and sisters as a supplemental on the Cardiac Medical Unit.

I have also utilized my skills as a music artist to benefit and promote a sense of unity, especially with the release of my song “We Are the People.”

It is my passion to serve my community with wholesome medical care as well as focus my allegiance to protect and promote the safety of the nurses that serve beside me.”

If you are a local unit rep or a local unit officer, please contact jperkins@wsna.org to be featured in the next regional newsletter. We are constantly looking for leaders to feature!

Spokane Leadership Summit, success!


Thanks to those of you who attended the Spokane Leadership Summit on April 14, 2018, at the Red Lion. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with fellow nurses in your area, all nurses walked away with 6 CNEs. Nurses from Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Regional Health District and St. Luke’s Rehab were all there. Topics that were covered: Janus vs AFSME, workplace violence and the new Staffing Law.

Thank you for your participation!

In case you missed it, there are more Summits to come! Go to www.wsna.org/union/leadership to find out more. Registration incentives are being offered by the WSNA cabinet including a $50 reimbursement credit for one night’s stay. The next Summit is at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Registration is open now

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Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane, you’re a member of the Spokane Alliance?


Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find them working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.

For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. They are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. The Alliance is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

At Spokane Alliance, they believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. And they do more than just sign petitions and protest; together, they take action. If you’re interested in helping with the Spokane Alliance as a WSNA nurse, please contact jperkins@wsna.org. WSNA is actively partnering to create opportunities to help improve the community through access to medical care for patients. Visit iafnw.org/spokanealliance to find out more about what is currently being worked on. We can direct you on how you can help!

Negotiation updates

Lots of work is being done by your WSNA staff and officers in the region. Get the bigger scoop:

  • St. Luke’s Rehab – 7 sessions complete. Lots of issues still on the table and we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language. Next day to bargain is Sept. 7. The negotiating team of nurses is: Fran Castillo (CVA), Linda Spurgeon (CVA) and Jonelle Polley (Infection Control RN).
  • Spokane Regional Health District – currently gathering a team of nurses and prepping the contract. Surveys are complete. First day of negotiations is Sept. 6. Negotiating team of nurses is: Jan Yoder, RN, Melissa Charbonneau, RN, Amy Cross, RN and Deborah Taylor, RN.
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – preparations and bargaining will begin fall of 2018. The negotiating team members are: Stevie Lynn Krone (9N), KT Raley-Jones (CICU), Clint Wallace (ICU), LaDonna Reel (MB), Nonie Kingma (AGPU), Debbie Cameron (5S), Linda Clanton (IV Therapy), David Emerson (7N), Darryl Johnson (Cath Lab), Lee Ayres (PACU), Abigail Berry (OR), Vicki Benson (Radiology) and Inga Matheson (CICU).
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital – recent grievance settlement for vacation/sick accrual for FT 12-hour nurses.
  • Pullman Regional Health District – organizing local unit reps for each unit.
  • Providence Visiting Nurses Association – a Tentative Agreement has been reached. Vote is upcoming.

Have you found us on Facebook?

Some of the WSNA local units in Spokane have Facebook pages which are kept up to date on happenings in labor, or within the local unit. Please take the time to “like” them and check them out! This is a great way to show solidarity for your labor brothers and sisters within your region.

Upcoming events

WSNA Coug Football Night – save the date!

The Washington State University Cougars take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sept. 15! WSNA nurses will receive a discounted rate on tickets, don’t miss out.


2019 Washington State Nurses Convention

Come join us on May 1-3, 2019 for Washington’s only statewide convention dedicated to nurses and the issues we face. We are focused on transforming health care through the power of nursing.

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On July 31, WSNA’s negotiation team met with management for our seventh contract bargaining session

As we continue to meet, we continue to make progress, though slow at times. During this session, we had detailed discussions around enhancing the layoff language to improve options should someone ever be in this situation. Wages are an ongoing discussion, as well as rest breaks. We have heard from you that enhancement to education time is important, so because of this, we have made large efforts to not lose traction on this topic.

We are working hard on the behalf of all WSNA represented St. Luke’s nurses. Right now, your team of nurses wants you to stay informed, involved and visible as we work for a fair contract. We need to send the message to management that we are united! Understand that we will get the best contract if a majority of RNs show support for the WSNA contract bargaining team. There are many ways to show your support. Keep reading to find out how!

Aug. 30 – Your nurse rep will be in the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by! We can help you become involved and reach the level of a motivated member.

Sept. 7 - Our next bargaining session. Join, Join, Join! One of the best visible ways to show your fellow colleagues support for the hard work they do all year round is to join. You don’t attend a potluck without bringing a dish do you?

Your tireless negotiating team continues to work hard days to preserve, and to enhance your contract benefits. Questions? Ask Linda Spurgeon (CVA), Fran Castillo (CVA) or Jonelle Polley (Infection Control).

Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118

What are you willing to do to get a fair contract?

Local unit meeting at the Steam Plant Grill on Aug. 2 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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Negotiation unity update


Our next day to bargain is July 6th. Your negotiating team is planning, a WSNA open house, to follow this round of negotiations. There is nothing better than a personal update, and the best way to receive one, is to attend your local unit events in person. Your negotiating team, and your Nurse Representative will be present for the open house. We look forward to your visit, and an open discussion about, negotiations or topics you chose!

Come to the open house! All are welcome, members or not.

July 10 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Room LL1 and 2.


Contact your WSNA Nurse Representative. Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN. 1-800-231-8482 ext. 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org

Negotiations update

Day 5 of negotiations is complete. We have been trying to set a tone in these negotiations that will facilitate an open dialogue between WSNA and St. Luke’s management. Discussion was held on scheduling, wages and the Safe Staffing Committee, but many large issues are still on the table we have yet to get to.

Next days to bargain are July 6 and July 31.

We all have a role in these negotiations. If we are going to get the best contract possible, we need to stand in solidarity and support the negotiating team.

Here's what your team needs you to do:

  1. Wear your WSNA buttons. There are buttons posted on each WSNA bulletin board on each unit.
  2. Attend! The WSNA open house is on July 10, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room LL1 and LL2. We are handing out door prizes, having cake and building “Signs of Solidarity."

United we stand, divided we fall.

Questions? Contact one of your negotiating team members: Fran Castillo, Linda Spurgeon or Jonelle Polley.

National Nurses Week is coming!

National Nurses Week is coming. WSNA will be at your facility May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Stop by for your thank you gift!

Courtesy of your local unit officers:
Chair: Fran Castillo, Co-chair: Linda Spurgeon, Secretary: Jonelle Polley, Treasurer: Jenny Galassi and Grievance Officer: Dee Acker

Walla Walla Nurses Week Notification 2018

Negotiation update

Day four of negotiations is complete. Although we have made some small movement, we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through, including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language.

We will continue to keep you updated as best as we can. The next day to bargain is April 24. In the meantime, continue to wear your WSNA buttons, and attend the next local unit meeting! We need to hear from you, as to the direction you would like to see your team go.

Next local unit meeting: April 10, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m. in room LL1/LL2.

Questions? Contact a negotiating team member: Fran Castillo, Linda Spurgeon, Jean Ripley and/or Jonelle Polley.

Save the date!

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